Saturday, 2 June 2018

British Hebe-class torpedo gunboats to be converted into minelayers according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1909-1910 no. 8

An item reported that the steam fishery vessels used by the British Royal Navy as minelayers were not a complete success caused by their low speed. The intention was now to convert the Hebe-class torpedo gunboats of 1892 for this purpose. At Devonport was first the Gossamer of 1890 to be converted. These boats had an extra advantage namely their small draught.(1)

1, Building ordered under the Naval Defence Act, laid down at the Sheerness Dockyard on 21 January 1892, launched on 9 January 1890, completed on 16 June 1891 and sold on 20 March 1920.